What is it to radically accept? What does that mean to you and what would that look like? Where would you have to show yourself consistent compassion or benevolent affection? Can you envision a you, which offers benevolent affection to yourself?
Tara Brach states, “Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart is…Radical acceptance. If we are holding back from any part of our experience, if our heart shuts out any part of who we are and what we feel, we are fueling the fears and feelings that sustain the trance of unworthiness. Radical Acceptance directly dismantles the foundations of this trance.”
The invitation this week is to look at where we can radically accept ourselves, and ultimately others, exactly where we - and they - are. For me, radical acceptance lies acknowledging and accepting where I am at - in any given moment. Often, I feel as though I should be doing more, accomplished more – and that fuels the feelings of “not good enough,” or in Tara Brach’s terms “unworthiness.” When I radically accept myself, I can see beyond the limited scope. When I look at where I am, the truth is I directly impact lives, often multiple times a day. I am accomplishing what I set out to do. I continue to live differently, more wholly, more intentionally, than ever before. I am laying the groundwork for what lies ahead and that is beautiful. And when I radically accept myself - I have more compassion, more understanding, greater acceptance of others and their journey: it's that acceptance which frees me.
So once again, where can you radically accept yourself? Both on and off the mat? Can you practice from a place of compassion, grace and self-love? What war are you fighting? What war do you commit to ending? .... “A moment of radical acceptance is a moment of genuine freedom.”
With love and light,
Rachel (to receive these weekly in your inbox, subscribe below!)